MFRDMD in collaboration with SEAFDEC Secretariat organized the Workshop on Management of Longtail Tuna and Kawakawa Resources in the Southeast Asian Region and Development of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) as Alternate Approach on 19-21 December 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with funding support from the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project. The Workshop was attended by representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam together with the Resource Person on Stock Assessment, Dr. Tsutomo Nishida from the National Fisheries Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries (NRIFSF) of Japan and Ms. Tan Geikh Hong, Director of Resource Management Division, Department of Fisheries Malaysia.
With the overall objective of developing the appropriate model of Ecosystem Approach for Neritic Tunas Fisheries Management (EAFM-neritic tunas), the workshop introduced lessons learned on EAFM for fisheries resources management in Malaysia and how to apply EAFM for fisheries management for neritic tunas. The workshop also discussed country work plans as well as thye timeframe for tissue sampling for longtail tuna and kawakawa.
The highlighted output of this workshop was the Risk Assessments of the Longtail Tuna and Kawakawa the Western Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean through identification of key issues and stakeholders concerning the neritic tuna resources in these two sub-regional areas. The workshop also determined the detailed work plan for the Genetic Study of the said species and data preparation for seer fish stock assessment in 2017-2018.